Our Real Friends Are Chosen By God, Not Us!
by Mike Church
In an age gone mad with fake “friends”, “made” by clicking “like” and “love” buttons on computer screens we need reminders that real friends are those God has sent into our lives as he has sent us into theirs to execute His plans. C.S. Lewis, in The Four Loves, penned the most sublime meditation on this matter I’ve ever read. Our Real Friends Are Chosen By God, Not Us!
“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances.
A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C.S. Lewis, The 4 Loves